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Food For Thought

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  • Publish Date: Nov 23, 2009

You may have seen Aida Mollenkamp sharing her tips and advice on cooking on the Food Network. As a professional “foodie,” Aida has had more than enough opportunity to develop her palate—and some meaningful insight into the world of wine while at it.



As a former student at Le Cordon Bleu, an Editor and Recipe Developer at CHOW Magazine, and most recently as the host of Ask Aida, Aida Mollenkamp has spent ample time cooking and sipping at work. But her favorite pastimes is cooking for friends at home and continuing her pursuit for the next cool piece of vintage cooking hardware. Like many of us, one of her favorite times to drink wine is when she’s whipping something up for dinner at home.

Her first trip to Napa Valley left a lasting impression. It was there that “the concept of terroir really cemented" for her. She realized that “as with learning a language, you need to live and experience wine in order to understand it.” Cheers to that.

As a recipe developer, she knows how to be creative with her pairings, confiding in us that if stuck on a desert island, she could exist on a diet of Blancs de Blanc (sparkling wine made from Chardonnay) and potato chip encrusted grilled fish.

To read more of Aida’s thoughts on food and wine checkout her wine profile or watch a quick clip from her show.

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